February is always a month when a short break in the countryside seems particularly appealing. Yes, the weather can be unpredictable, but there's nothing quite like the welcome of a cosy country inn with good food and roaring log fires at this time of year. And of course you get to avoid the crowds that often flock to the more scenic parts of the UK during the warmer summer months.
It's been some years since I last stayed in the Lake District, so last week we packed our walking boots, some precautionary wet weather gear and the whippet into the back of the car and headed north to Cumbria.
The Eltermere Inn is located in the pretty village of Elterwater in the Langdale Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District and a haven for walkers, as well as those in search of somewhere scenic to stay for a romantic short break. We arrived early and were blessed with fine weather, so there was plenty of time for an easy low level jaunt around the lake before checking in. The hotel is surrounded by some of the finest walking country in the Lake District and there are excellent clearly signposted, well drained routes all around Elterwater. For those who prefer something a little more challenging then the Langdale Pikes are quite literally right on your doorstep.